Monday 26 September 2016

Munster 'A' eager to clip Ospreys' wings once again

Published 19/12/2015 | 02:30

Munster 'A' coach Mick O'Driscoll has made four changes to his starting XV against Ospreys. Photo: Sportsfile.
Munster 'A' coach Mick O'Driscoll has made four changes to his starting XV against Ospreys. Photo: Sportsfile.

Munster 'A' picked up a crucial bonus-point victory against Ospreys Premiership Select last weekend but they would happily settle for just a win when they travel to Wales tomorrow (3.0).

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The win left Munster just a point behind pool leaders Yorkshire Carnegie while Ospreys are rooted to the foot of the table, without a win.

Coach Mick O'Driscoll has made four changes to his starting XV. Academy duo Rory Burke and Conor Oliver are both introduced to the pack. Cathal Sheridan starts at scrum-half in place of Duncan Williams who drops to the bench, while flying winger Ronan O'Mahony is also included in the starting selection.

Billy Holland again skippers the side from the second-row alongside Sean McCarthy.

Ospreys have named the vastly experienced Richard Fussell at full-back but they will need a massive improvement from last weekend if they are to have any hope of registering their first win of the campaign. Munster are likely to find it tougher away from home but nevertheless, they have enough quality and experience in their side to claim another victory today..

Verdict: Munster 'A'

Ospreys Premiership Select - R Fussell (capt); T Williams, J Thomas, O Watkin, K Phillips; L Price, M Aubrey; M Thomas, M Dwyer, M Fia; A Beard, R Bernardo; S Undershill, L Evans, I Boladau. Reps: D Rogers, D Suter, G Thomas, R Jones, R Hughes, R M Williams, J Matavesi.

Munster 'A' - D Johnston; R O'Mahony, M D'Arcy, C Bohane, D Sweetnam; B Johnston, C Sheridan; L O'Connor, K O'Byrne, R Burke; S McCarthy, B Holland (capt); J Coghlan, C Oliver, S Buckley. Reps: B Quinlan, B Betts, B Kilkenny, S Doyle, D Williams, D Goggin, S Fitzgerald.

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